“How much will it cost?”

That's the first question everyone asks and the answer is, "Well, that depends."

A simple straight-stitch mechanical machine is much less complicated than one with zig-zag and built-in stitches, etc. Some machines require specialty and/or proprietary tools, information, and expertise. Generally, the more complex the machine, the higher the maintenance service and repair costs.

Based on typical machine features and complexity, the following categories have been established as a guideline for pricing:

The Bench Fee

Basic inspection/trouble-shooting/estimate: $50

Standard Maintenance Service

Plus state and local sales taxes as applicable.

Standard maintenance service includes these steps:

  1. Visual inspection of all mechanical and electrical components
  2. Cleaning/removal of lint and threads
  3. Application of appropriate lubricants (some machines require 5 distinctly different special lubricants)
  4. Upper and lower tension adjustment
  5. Drive belt tension adjustment where applicable
  6. Removal and cleaning of hook where applicable
  7. Verification of all timing sequences and settings
  8. Sample test sewing
  9. Written notation of findings and recommendations

Repairs And Major Adjustments

NOTE: Repairs and adjustments differ greatly from the work covered by standard maintenance and therefore are billed in addition to the service fee. If I discover that a repair or major adjustment is necessary, I will ask you for permission and provide an estimate before I do the work.

Dirty Machines, A Friendly Reminder:

Please don’t expect a free deep-cleaning if you bring in a yard-sale machine that is rusty, encrusted with years of neglected dirt and grime, and/or covered in pigeon droppings. I'll ask if you want to pay for cleaning!

I may choose to refuse machines that have a strong odor of mildew. Please mitigate any and all mildew odor before bringing the machine in.

Customers who take good care of their machines will reap the benefit of lower maintenance and repair costs – I often discount my fees or include additional work free of charge on machines that are in good condition and don’t require a lot of cleaning.

Payment: Sorry, no personal checks from new customers.

I accept credit cards plus a 3% processing fee, or cash.

Please contact me if you have any questions or special considerations regarding any services and subsequent charges.